Ali El Arabi is an Egyptian multi-talented producer/ director and the founder of Ambient Light, a production company. He makes films that highlight humanitarian issues. Ali kickstarted his career as a director and producer of documentaries at ZDF channel. In 2013, he began freelancing. He started making short documentaries and used his marketing skills to sell them to a number of prominent platforms, including National Geographic.
Later, he was about to take a life changing decision and change his career. However, destiny has its own plans. He received an invitation from the Arab League to make documentaries on refugees and send them to entities responsible for making decisions on refugee matters. Thus, he travelled to several refugee camps, the birthplace of his first documentary feature film Captains of Za'atari. It follows the story of Mahmoud and Fawzi, over the course of six years, who dream of becoming professional footballers. Al Arabi spent 8 years working on the film, which was commercially released in November in the USA and in the Arab world Theaters. Furthermore, Captains of Za’atari was nominated for 15 awards and took part in 82 international film festivals, including Sundance film festival, where it had its world premiere, and was chosen as the second-best film in the lineup of the festival. The film also had its Arab world premiere at the fifth edition of Gouna Film Festival, where it nabbed El Gouna Golden Star for Best Documentary Film, and screened at the Official Competition of Carthage Film Festival. Currently, Ali is working on several projects, including the feature film The Legend of Zeineb and Noah, which is directed by Yousry Nasrallah and co-produced by El Arabi.